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Junkers

[yoo ng-kuhrs]
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noun
  1. Hu·go [hoo-gaw] /ˈhu gɔ/, 1859–1935, German aircraft designer and builder.
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junker

[juhng-ker]
noun Slang.
  1. a car that is old, worn out, or in bad enough repair to be scrapped.
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Origin of junker

1880–85, Americanism, for an earlier sense; junk1 + -er1

Junker

[yoo ng-ker]
noun
  1. a member of a class of aristocratic landholders, especially in East Prussia, strongly devoted to militarism and authoritarianism, from among whom the German military forces recruited a large number of its officers.
  2. a young German, especially Prussian, nobleman.
  3. a German official or military officer who is narrow-minded, haughty, and overbearing.
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Origin of Junker

1545–55; < German; Old High German junchērro, equivalent to junc young + hērro Herr
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Related Words

transportation, auto, van, truck, bus, convertible, taxi, limousine, devastation, crash, mess, ruin, hulk, debris, destruction, wreckage, debacle, collapse, shipwreck, wagon

Examples from the Web for junkers

Historical Examples

  • I am not afraid of the Junkers here,—I have spirits,—but the Germans at home have no spirits.

    Dr. Jonathan (A Play)

    Winston Churchill

  • It was as though they both intended to fly right straight into the Junkers.

  • From nose to tail the Junkers became no more than a moving ball of fire.

  • "Junkers, right enough," Dawson repeated with a nod of his head.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • But your Junkers and other jingoes neither wavered nor hesitated.

    Right Above Race

    Otto Hermann Kahn


British Dictionary definitions for junkers

Junkers

noun
  1. Hugo. 1859–1935, German aircraft designer. His military aircraft were used in both World Wars
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Junker

noun
  1. history any of the aristocratic landowners of Prussia who were devoted to maintaining their identity and extensive social and political privileges
  2. an arrogant, narrow-minded, and tyrannical German army officer or official
  3. (formerly) a young German nobleman
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Derived FormsJunkerdom, nounJunkerism, noun

Word Origin

C16: from German, from Old High German junchērro young lord, from junc young + hērro master, lord
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Word Origin and History for junkers

junker

n.

"young German noble," 1550s, from German Junker, from Old High German juncherro, literally "young lord," from junc "young" (see young) + herro "lord" (see Herr). Pejorative sense of "reactionary younger member of the Prussian aristocracy" (1865) dates from Bismarck's domestic policy.

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